Brent Jolly
Ask journalists — like the ones gathered at this Canadian Association of Journalists convention — and they’ll tell you the problems revealed in a recent information commissioner’s report are the norm, rather than the exception. Photo by Shannon VanRaes

December 1st 2020

Once upon a time, a government-in-waiting promised voters that, should it be elected, it would run the most open and transparent government in history.

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this story before.

Indeed, making commitments to trumpet transparency in government has become such a de rigueur comment these days, it’s actually more surprising when a politician, regardless of their political stripes, doesn’t raise it as an argument to support their candidacy for public office.

Jochen Bittner
German troops marching - Getty Images

​Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century.

HAMBURG, Germany — It may well be that Germans have a special inclination to panic at specters from the past, and I admit that this alarmism annoys me at times. Yet watching President Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign since Election Day, I can’t help but see a parallel to one of the most dreadful episodes from Germany’s history.

Panagiota Gounari

Panagiota Gounari, Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Boston
interview with Giannis Elafros

November 16, 2011

Tess Kalinowski
Rechev Brown

Mon., Nov. 30, 2020

Grocery clerk Rechev Browne is a pandemic hero, an essential worker who can’t afford to live in the city he serves.

He earns about $44,000 a year at an Etobicoke store.

Last December, Browne, 34, decided he could no longer afford to pay $1,150 a month to share a house with three other people. So he has moved back in with his mom in a two-bedroom apartment near Keele St. and Wilson Ave.


“It’s way cheaper for us this way,” he said.

Geoff Dembicki
Experts in Canada and beyond see overlapping solutions to two crises: housing affordability and climate change. This series talks to more than 20 of them. Illustration for The Tyee by Nora Kelly.

Nov. 30, 2020

First in a five-part series exploring the case for a Green New Deal for Housing.

Jonthan Cook

27 November 2020

Making political sense of the world can be tricky unless one understands the role of the state in capitalist societies. The state is not primarily there to represent voters or uphold democratic rights and values; it is a vehicle for facilitating and legitimating the concentration of wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands.

Andrew Nikiforuk
‘The reality is that pandemics don’t stop on a dime, vaccines can’t be rushed and their safe delivery is quite complicated.’ Photo by Joshua Berson.
Nov. 26, 2020
News that three different vaccines with high rates of efficacy in preventing COVID-19 are on their way has raised hopes. We can all use some cheerful news right about now. But the best medical evidence suggests we should temper our optimism.
Don’t throw away that mask or expect a short sprint to a world free of the pandemic, say experts. Nor will the vaccination of the Canadian general public really begin in earnest till the summer of 2021.
Bruce Anderson & David Coletto

November 19, 2020

In our latest national survey, we asked how Canadians felt about two different tax ideas that have been discussed as part of an approach to helping pay for the costs of the pandemic. Here’s what we found.



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